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Lake Mapourika, West Coast, New Zealand

Lake Mapourika, West Coast, New Zealand

Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and the out-flowing Ōkārito River drains it into the Ōkārito Lagoon. Formed by the retreating Franz Josef Glacier after the last Ice. Due to its formation...

South Island Robin

South Island Robin

We have seen plenty of bird life around on our rain forest walk out on Lake Mapourika these past few weeks. One bird in particular is the very friendly South Island Robin who loves the camera! The South Island Robin is a sparrow-sized bird, only found in New Zealand....

Wet Weather Paddling in Westland National Park

Wet Weather Paddling in Westland National Park

Westland Te- Poutini National Park is located on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Westland National Park is NZ's 5th largest National Park. Extending from the Southern Alps all the way out to the Tasman Sea. Famous for its rain-forest, glaciers and...

Lake Mapourika’s Warm Water!

Lake Mapourika’s Warm Water!

When you first hear the words “glacial lake” you think cold! But Lake Mapourika is slightly different, it is a kettle lake- formed by the glacier; but no longer feed by the glacier therefore it is a lot warmer. Being surrounded by such a dense rain- forest, Lake...

Franz Josef Tours Summer 2018/19 Team

Franz Josef Tours Summer 2018/19 Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable guides are passionate about our area, are experienced paddlers and enjoy hearing about your travels! Our office staff are hear to help you with your bookings and give you advice about other activities in Franz Josef! Maddie Base Manager...

Harakeke Flax Flowering on Lake Mapourika

Harakeke Flax Flowering on Lake Mapourika

There are two identified species of flax in New Zealand, the common flax (harakeke) and mountain flax (wharariki). Around Lake Mapourika and up 'the creek' the harakeke flax is abundant.  Harakeke was originally named flax as it bears similarities to other varieties...